Barbara Bush isn't afraid to get her feet wet in pursuit of a good catch.

The first lady was fishing this week near Key West, Fla., with Kitty Brady, wife of Treasury Secretary Nicholas Brady, when their guide said the best spot was farther out.Their 15-foot skiff was scraping bottom, so Mrs. Bush, in white cotton pants and a sweater, hopped in the water and started pushing.

"Barbara said, `The heck with it. Let's get out,' " said George Hommell, the presidential fishing guide.

Mrs. Brady joined her. Their spouses stayed dry in another boat.

Mrs. Bush, for all her effort, caught nothing but a fish story.